Build Your Own Lightsaber, Turn Old LPs into Bowls and The Science of excessive H20

How to build your own lightsaber from readily available parts, what to do with those obsolte vinyl records, and in Rad Science, a look at why too much water is bad for you.

Rad Science: H20 Demystified

Learn more about how much water is too much for your body and why and other totally rad science on Dr. Kiki's blog.

Sarah's On the Prowl:

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Remix: Turn an unloved vinyl into a useful vinyl record bowl

Materials:

  • A useless/forgotten/thrift store vinyl record
  • Cookie sheet
  • Oven safe bowl
  • Oven gloves
  • An oven?

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees
  2. Turn over your oven safe bowl and place it on the cookie sheet. Take out your vinyl and place it over the oven safe bowl. Make sure the vinyl is centered.
  3. Place everything in the oven for approximately 5 - 8 minutes. Fun fact: thicker older albums might take longer
  4. Take the vinyl out of the oven . Congratulations, the vinyl should have conformed to the bowl. If not, place everything back in the oven for a few more minutes.
  5. Quickly turn over the oven safe bowl and place the vinyl inside. You have 30 seconds to mold. WORK FAST, DAMMIT.
  6. Mold the edges of the vinyl however you like.
  7. Let the vinyl record bowl cool off. You are done!
  8. Put stuff in it and celebrate.

Sarah's Trick:

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The Fringe:Underground Band Alert: Grand Buffet

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Nerd Bird: Build a Lightsaber

Materials:

  • 1/2" x 1 1/4" galvanized bushing
  • 1 1/4" x 4 1/2" galvanized nipple
  • 1 1/4" galvanized cap
  • 2" x 1 1/2" galvanized reducer coupling
  • Glue plastic welder
  • Threading rod
  • Thin LED Flashlight
  • Drill
  • 2" x 36" plastic tube
  • 36" Acetate
  • O-Rings
  • Clear moving tape

Directions:

  1. Take the the LED flashlight and position it inside the galvanized nipple, which will be the hilt of the saber.
  2. Roughly mark where the on/off button is positioned under the hilt.
  3. Drill a hole on marked button position; insert threading.
  4. Place some padding [paper, tape, etc.] on galvanized cap; screw onto bottom of hilt.
  5. On top of hilt, place a pass of clear moving tape. This will make sure the flashlight does not move up.
  6. Screw on galvanized bushing to top part of hilt.
  7. Screw on galvanized reducer coupling over bushing.
  8. Take Acetate and roll it into tube.
  9. Glue on tube to the reducer coupling using glue plastic welder. Hold it steady and straight!
  10. Add O-rings or other embellishments to personalize exterior of saber.

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